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Anaïs Nin Erotica on the Train? 10 Things To Improve Your Sexual Health

January 20th, 2013 by Sondra


  1. Make regular, annual sexual health exams. This ensures ongoing preventative care and keeps you up-to-date and in tune with your body and your sexual health.
  2. If you do not have health insurance, and you cannot afford to pay out of pocket for testing, make dates with friends to get tested for sexually transmitted infections (STIs) together at free clinics. It’s a great way to remove stigma or anxiety about getting tested, and afterward you can celebrate with dinner and laughter!
  3. Use barrier methods: condoms and dental dams. Unless you know for sure you and your partner(s) are not at risk for STIs (because you have been tested), male and female condoms are effective against most infections and can be fun to play with. Especially the female condom – try something new!
  4. Buy a sex toy or buy your partner a sex toy! Sometimes this can be intimidating, but find a local, women-friendly (which generally means all-gender friendly), independent shop in your area and you are likely to find a very open, cozy, and welcoming environment. A few toys to start with are the Pocket Toyfriend and the Tenga Egg, which are adorable! Or, if you are not comfortable with walking into a store, order online! Silicone vibrators or glass dildos are the safest for internal vaginal use (other plastics or gel materials can cause yeast infections).
  5. Use non-glycerin based lubricant. Glycerin is sugar and, again, can cause yeast infections. Sliquid is an excellent lube brand. Both water-based and silicone-based lubes are fine for internal, vaginal use (but never use a silicone-based lube with a silicone toy – it can ruin the toy material as the similar base of both products will create friction).
  6. Take a sex workshop or class! From Early to Bed and the Everleigh Social Club to Figure Drawing and Kink 101, there are many fabulous sex education workshops regularly offered throughout Chicago. This is a great way to learn new things, giggle with a partner, loved one, or friend, and ask questions.
  7. Read erotica! This is a fun, solo way to keep both your imagination and your sexual juices flowing. You might blush a lot, but you might also enjoy it very much.
  8. Write erotica! Once you’ve read a few short stories, why not take a stab at it yourself? You will probably blush even more, but it will definitely be a fun sexual health, mental health, and even physical health (masturbation) exercise.
  9. Masturbate! Masturbation is a great way to check in with your body and should never feel shameful. It should always be fun and liberating and it’s always a great way to relax after a long day. Really.
  10. Have sexual health and sexual education conversations openly with your family. Whether you have children, a spouse, a partner or multiple partners, always make sure conversations about sex and sex education are never taboo. Create an environment in your own home in which any question posed by anyone is a valid one, even if you don’t have the answers. This is especially important for young children. Planned Parenthood’s “Talking to Kids About Sex and Sexuality” tutorial is an excellent place to begin.

Happy, Healthy, and Liberating Sexual Health!

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